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"The Recalibration of Awareness – Apr 20/21, 2012 (Kryon channeled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Old Energy, Recalibration Lectures, God / Creator, Religions/Spiritual systems (Catholic Church, Priests/Nun’s, Worship, John Paul Pope, Women in the Church otherwise church will go, Current Pope won’t do it), Middle East, Jews, Governments will change (Internet, Media, Democracies, Dictators, North Korea, Nations voted at once), Integrity (Businesses, Tobacco Companies, Bankers/ Financial Institutes, Pharmaceutical company to collapse), Illuminati (Started in Greece, with Shipping, Financial markets, Stock markets, Pharmaceutical money (fund to build Africa, to develop)), Shift of Human Consciousness, (Old) Souls, Women, Masters to/already come back, Global Unity.... etc.) - (Text version)

… The Shift in Human Nature

You're starting to see integrity change. Awareness recalibrates integrity, and the Human Being who would sit there and take advantage of another Human Being in an old energy would never do it in a new energy. The reason? It will become intuitive, so this is a shift in Human Nature as well, for in the past you have assumed that people take advantage of people first and integrity comes later. That's just ordinary Human nature.

In the past, Human nature expressed within governments worked like this: If you were stronger than the other one, you simply conquered them. If you were strong, it was an invitation to conquer. If you were weak, it was an invitation to be conquered. No one even thought about it. It was the way of things. The bigger you could have your armies, the better they would do when you sent them out to conquer. That's not how you think today. Did you notice?

Any country that thinks this way today will not survive, for humanity has discovered that the world goes far better by putting things together instead of tearing them apart. The new energy puts the weak and strong together in ways that make sense and that have integrity. Take a look at what happened to some of the businesses in this great land (USA). Up to 30 years ago, when you started realizing some of them didn't have integrity, you eliminated them. What happened to the tobacco companies when you realized they were knowingly addicting your children? Today, they still sell their products to less-aware countries, but that will also change.

What did you do a few years ago when you realized that your bankers were actually selling you homes that they knew you couldn't pay for later? They were walking away, smiling greedily, not thinking about the heartbreak that was to follow when a life's dream would be lost. Dear American, you are in a recession. However, this is like when you prune a tree and cut back the branches. When the tree grows back, you've got control and the branches will grow bigger and stronger than they were before, without the greed factor. Then, if you don't like the way it grows back, you'll prune it again! I tell you this because awareness is now in control of big money. It's right before your eyes, what you're doing. But fear often rules. …

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Drivers using taxi apps have their vehicles seized in Beijing

Want China Times, Staff Reporter 2015-01-08

A taxi-hailing app. (Photo/CNS)

The Beijing Transportation Bureau roamed airports, train stations and city's the commercial district on Tuesday and Wednesday, seizing the vehicles of anyone using taxi-hailing apps such as Didi Dache and Uber to find clients, reports, the website of the Shanghai-based China Business News.

A smartphone screenshot circulating on the internet in China said "as of 15:00, around 200 vehicles have been confiscated. The target of law enforcement today (Jan. 7) is 500 cars! Every vehicle at airports and train stations will be checked. Everyone please be highly cautious and try not to find clients at airports and train stations!"

The average taxi using the hailing app earns around 10,000 yuan (US$1,600) a month, according to the report. Zhang, one of the drivers, said he gets to keep 80% of his fare for trips to the airport, with the remaining 20% going to the app service. If he takes a fare by the same route during rush hour, the app does not charge him any fee and doubles whatever he makes for the trip.

China's domestic taxi-hailing apps, such as Didi Dache and Yongche, also pay an additional 1-2,000 yuan (US$160-$325) a month to drivers depending on their performance.

Zhang could make up to 700 yuan (US$113) with the app in one morning. He only drives part-time on every other day, a schedule he says is quite common among taxis in the city working with the app. Some drive full-time for CEOs and big wigs, and use the app to make money on the side.

Many of the apps hire drivers with contracts, bypassing Chinese law which specifies that leased vehicles cannot be provided for drivers. The apps have a car rental company to register vehicles under their names and have a recruitment company to hire the vehicle owners as drivers. The apps, the car rental company and the recruitment firm and the driver then sign a joint contract.

The transportation bureau in Beijing said the contract cannot bypass the laws and the apps' services are illegal in nature, according to the report. The bureau has stepped up its crackdown on vehicles and drivers using the apps since January this year. The drivers of 47 vehicles found using the apps did not even sign a contract with a car rental company.

Many people still prefer to hail taxis through the apps due to the low number of taxis in the country. Currently only 60% of the demand for taxis in China is being met and around 20 million people a day have trouble finding one. However, legal taxi drivers have been struggling with low pay since they have to pay taxi companies a commission on top of their car maintenance and insurance.

Around 100 taxi drivers gathered in front of the square in Shenyang in northeast China's Liaoning province on Jan. 4, calling on the government to ban the apps and their drivers and reduce the fuel surcharge for legal taxi drivers.

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